Best from September to November (Autumn) and March to May (spring).
OK but cold December-February. Backpacker hostels tend to have poor heating systems and high altitude trekking becomes highly unpleasant.
At other times of the year expect either extreme heat or regular rainfall and cloud that will block views of the Himalayas, hiking trails become slippery, rivers become dangerous and transport becomes irregular.
A funky old bag shop.
The arts and crafts on offer are amazing, and the prices low. From silver/turquoise dragon belt buckles to intricate tankas (complex religious paintings), bizarre masks, lovely carpets, embroidered T shirts with your own design and so much more.
Not exactly renowned for its local dishes, Nepal nevertheless offers some excellent almost-Indian dishes of spicy vegetables, samosas, meat and bread, and almost-Chinese noodles, though too many budget travellers still stick to the global staples of burgers, chips, pizzas and pies. Ooh yes, munchie pies.
Up in the mountains almost-Tibetan cuisine is the staple, hearty soups, potatoes and pasta.
Vegetarians will have no problems here.
Boiled water is served with meals but unreliable, so better to stick with bottled. Check the bottle seal is unbroken before use, refilling from a tap is not unknown.
Fruit juices and lassis are delicious roadside drinks but check that they aren’t boosted with tap water or sugar.
Good beer, wine and spirits are readily available.
Ancient erotic woodcarving on Jagganath temple struts in central Kathmandu, possibly designed to stimulate a flagging birthrate. Yes, it does pay to look up occasionally!